Vast Broadway costume collection on display in US
POMPANO BEACH, Florida (AP) - Box by box they arrived, the once glittering costumes of Broadway legends and theatre memorabilia, now dirty, tattered and forgotten.
There were painstakingly hand-beaded bodices and garments worn by Julie Andrews, Carol Burnett and Vanessa Williams, each more unkempt than the next, stored on rusty hangars and covered in black soot.
It was to be one of the largest collections of Broadway costumes in America. There were more than 500 boxes in all, newly purchased by Madam Marilynn Wick to add to her multimillion dollar collection of costumes at Costume World which she rents to professional theatres and high school productions.
Mdm Wick and her daughter Kimberly surveyed the treasures they had just purchased at a 2005 auction: a Judy Garland hat, probably from her TV show; Ginger Roger's red sequin dress from Hello Dolly; Lou Diamond Phillip's exquisite jewel encrusted jacket costume from his Tony-winning role in the The King and I; and Nathan Lane's gangster suit from Guys and Dolls. They knew they had to share it.